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Energy Efficient Bootstrapped CMOS Large RC-Load Driver Circuit for Ultra Low-Voltage VLSI

Department of Electronics Engineering & Institute of Electronics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30050, Taiwan
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J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2012, 2(4), 282-300; https://doi.org/10.3390/jlpea2040282
Received: 21 October 2012 / Revised: 5 December 2012 / Accepted: 5 December 2012 / Published: 12 December 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from SubVt 2011 Conference)
This paper presents an energy efficient bootstrapped CMOS driver to enhance the switching speed for driving large RC load for ultra-low-voltage CMOS VLSI. The proposed bootstrapped driver eliminates the leakage paths in the conventional bootstrapped driver to achieve and maintain more positive and negative boosted voltage levels of the boosted nodes, thus improving boosting efficiency and enhancing driver switching speed. Measured performance from test chips implemented with UMC 65 nm low-power CMOS technology (VTN ≈ VTP ≈ 0.5 V) indicates that the proposed driver provides a rising-delay improvement of 37%–50% and a falling-delay improvement of 25%–47% at 0.3 V for a loading ranging from a 0 to 24 mm long M6 metal line compared with the conventional bootstrapped driver. Although designed and optimized for subthreshold ultra low-voltage operation, the proposed bootstrapped driver is shown to be advantageous at higher nearly-threshold supply voltage as well. The proposed driver provides a rising delay improvement of 20% to 52% and a falling delay improvement of 23%–43% for VDD ranging from 0.3 V to 0.5 V, while consuming about 15% less average power than the conventional bootstrapped driver driving a 16 mm long M6 wire. View Full-Text
Keywords: low-voltage; CMOS driver; bootstrapped driver; sub-threshold driver low-voltage; CMOS driver; bootstrapped driver; sub-threshold driver
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Lu, C.-Y.; Chuang, C.-T. Energy Efficient Bootstrapped CMOS Large RC-Load Driver Circuit for Ultra Low-Voltage VLSI. J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2012, 2, 282-300.

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